Get to Know Kenshiro's and Hear Its Recent Garage Punk Bootleg, #whereareyoujoe

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Antonio Leone, Julio Prato and Joe Bayne of Kenshiro's. - Melissa Maciorowski
Melissa Maciorowski
Antonio Leone, Julio Prato and Joe Bayne of Kenshiro's.

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Kenshiro's, which released "bootleg" live performance, #whereareyoujoe, this spring, calls its home-base a basement in St. Charles, but the small county town isn't necessarily where the members of the garage-punk trio come from. Curly-headed guitarist and vocalist Julio Prato hails from Caracas, Venezuela, where he's spending the summer, and bassist Antonio Leone currently basks in the salty sea air back in his home city of Lucera, Italy. The two will rejoin forces with their drummer, Joe Bayne, a St. Louis native, when it's back-to-school at Lindenwood University this fall.

Named after the savage and powerful lead character of classic anime, Fist of the North Star, Kenshiro's packs a corresponding wallop with its raw and relentless garage'n'roll. Simple yet powerful chords shakily traipse between strummed and stabbed motions, and the boomy rhythm section holds down frontman Prato's howls and squealing guitar licks as they attempt to fly away in an electrifying frenzy. The self-described "basement punk for the unworthy" provides with upbeat, dance-worthy songs generated from youthful souls.

Kenshiro's hopes to record its first official album this fall. The #whereareyoujoe demo was recorded live at Foam during a show with Volcanoes, Rigoletto and Plaid Dragon, and includes a Violent Femmes cover. Listen below!

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